The Universal Christ

"The resurrection gives us a Christ who is spiritually present; the Holy Spirit gives us a Christ who is universally present. By the coming of the Holy Spirit the risen Christ is made omnipresent, and the whole process of revelation here and now completed. Nothing higher can be looked for until the veil is dropped on the other side. Momentous consequences follow the acceptance of this truth. If the age of the Spirit under which we are now living marks the final outgoing of God to man; if the God who is manifested in Christ is every-where present in the Spirit; if through the medium-ship of the Spirit he dwells in the inner sanctuary of the soul; if he is not only with man, but in man; if through the Holy Spirit his presence within the soul is realized as the presence of Christ, then the time foretold by Jesus has come when temples and shrines are no longer indispensable, when every man has immediate access to God as the Father, and when every humble receptive soul may become "an habitation of God in the Spirit." "
- James Mann Campbell (The Presence, p. 89)

The New Covenant Gift of the Spirit

"Let us recall the three considerations that have been
mentioned. First, that our Lord Himself in His Divine-human nature was on earth, and is now in heaven, possessed of the fulness of the Spirit, and this in such a manner that the Spirit entered into all He was in the one sphere, and enters into all He is in the other. Secondly, that the Spirit given us by our Lord in His glorified condition is His own Spirit in the most definite and particular meaning of the words. Thirdly, that when the Spirit is bestowed upon us He must be made inwardly and experimentally ours, entering into all that we are in a manner similar to that in which He entered into all that Jesus was and is. Let us fix these three points distinctly in our minds, and it will follow that the Spirit promised as the chief gift of the New Covenant is pervaded by human as well as Divine elements. As the Spirit of the exalted and glorified Lord, He is not the Third Person of the Trinity in His absolute and metaphysical existence, but that Person as He is mediated through the Son, who is human as well as Divine. It is on this particular aspect of His being that He diffuses Himself through the members of Christ's body, and abides in them. Only as human, entering into and coalescing with what is human, can He be also our Spirit dwelling in a living and real way within us."
- William Milligan (The Ascension and Heavenly Priesthood of Our Lord, p. 189)

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Notes on the Indwelling Spirit

'I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may be with you for ever; even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive; for it beholdeth Him not, neither knoweth Him: ye know Him, for He abideth with you, and shall be in you.'—John xiv. 16, 17.

"1. The coming of the Son of God in the likeness of sinful flesh, the Word being made flesh, and His dwelling in our nature—what a mystery is this! Great is the mystery of Godliness! But how great then the mystery of the Spirit of God dwelling in us, who are sinful flesh! Blessed they 'to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery— Christ in You.'

2. There is an introspection in which the soul looks inward to its own thoughts and feelings and purposes, to find the proof of Grace and the ground of Peace. This is unhealthy, and not of faith; it turns the eye from Christ to self. But there is another turning inward which is one of the highest exercises of faith. It is when, closing the eye to all it can see in itself, the soul seeks to realize in faith that there is in its inmost parts a new spirit, within which the Spirit of Christ now dwells. In this faith it unreservedly gives itself up to be renewed by the Spirit, yields every faculty of the soul to be sanctified and guided by this Spirit within. Without such consciousness of a temple within and its Occupant, daily renewed in holy silence, there cannot be the clear believing prayer to the Father to work mightily by His Spirit, or the confidence in Jesus to give the living Streams from within.

3. Within you! Within you! in your inmost parts! this was God's promise. Thank God, His Holy Spirit doth dwell within me!

4. The first thought connected with the entrance into a temple is reverence —the head uncovered. The first and abiding thought connected with the Spirit's dwelling in me as His temple be this too—deep reverence and awe before the holy presence.

5. 'He abideth with you, and shall be in you. Hold fast the two thoughts: the permanence of His presence with the Church, the intimacy of His presence in every believer."

- Andrew Murray (The Spirit of Christ, chapter 6, pp. 60, 68)

*Re-post from 6/19/15

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